Coronavirus patient will be treated at the Intermountain Medical Center in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – A patient who tested positive for coronavirus will be treated at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The announcement was made Friday night and Intermountain Healthcare officials said in a press release that the patient will be housed in a “special unit that is separate from the hospital and designed for high-level isolation.”

Hospital officials said the patient, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 outside of Utah, does not pose a threat to public health.

Officials are expected to provide more information about the situation at 8 p.m. press conference to be broadcast live on the Intermountain Healthcare Facebook page.

“Intermountain will continue to work closely with the CDC and the Utah Department of Health to address this problem and take every precaution to keep the patient, our caregivers and the community safe,” hospital officials said.

Details about the patient or where they got the disease were not immediately available.

Three Ukrainians who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise were diagnosed with COVID-19.

The first Utahn who tested positive for the disease since then has been negative.

This is developing news. We are working to gather more information and we will update this story shortly.

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